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2017-09-25 Kabila Paints Violence in Kasai as War on Terror
[VOA] The Democratic Republic of the Congo's president told the U.N. General Assembly annual gathering Saturday that his military was fighting terrorists in the center and east of the country.

2017-09-22 UN Demands Probe Into Peacekeeper's Killing in DRC
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE Security Council, a principal organ of the United Nations, has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the killing of peacekeepers in the country. A UN peacekeeper from Tanzania was killed and another injured on Sunday. The 15-member Security Council called on the DRC government to bring the perpetrators to justice. The council underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers might constitute war crimes under international law. It also expressed its deepest condolences and sympathy to t

2017-09-22 Thousands Flee Congo Warfare to Zambia
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -SEVERE fighting between rival ethnic groups and the Democratic Republic of Congo Army (FARDC) has displaced thousands of civilians southeast of the country. More than 5 000 of these have fled the border to Zambia. The inter-communal skirmishes feature the Luba villagers and Twa hunter-gatherers who have a decades-long history of tensions. The latest violence in the city of Pweto, aggravated by the intervention of the army, has left a policeman killed and two others wounded. Government offices at this borer

2017-09-22 Prosecution Links Ex-FAR Officer Exiled in France to Armed Group in DR Congo
[New Times] In the ongoing pre-detention hearing involving nine suspects linked to an irregular armed group, prosecution said Thursday they are investigating a certain Major Faustin Ntilikina, an ex-FAR exiled in France.

2017-09-21 Rhythm of Capoeira Helps Rape Survivors Find New Start
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Goma -"I don't remember anything from what happened later in that day. I was raped, I got pregnant and now here is my baby"

2017-09-21 Trump to Send UN Envoy to Juba, Kinshasa
[VOA] U.S. President Donald Trump has told African leaders he will send his U.N. envoy Nikki Haley to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

2017-09-21 Hundreds of Kids Killed, Jailed in DRC Upheaval
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -AT least 100 children have been killed and 400 others arrested in the ongoing anarchy in the Democratic republic of Congo. More than 1 000 cases of children, often younger than 15, are used as combatants or human shields after recruitment as soldiers in the conflict ravaging the Kasai Province. The living conditions of detained children are precarious, with reports of torture rife in the cells. According to the United Nations Children's Fund, between 40 percent and 60 percent of the militia members involve

2017-09-20 The Jig Is Up for Congo's Embattled President
[HRW] Among the world leaders expected in New York this week for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly is one who should, technically, already be retired. Congolese President Joseph Kabila's constitutionally mandated two-term limit came to an end late last year. Yet he has used one contrivance after another to delay elections for his successor and cling to power, cracking down mercilessly on political opponents and pro-democracy activists and dispatching his security services to gun down more

2017-09-21 Ensuring the Protection of Populations Who Are Victims of Conflicts in North Kivu, DRC
[Monusco] Civilian populations in this region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo suffer numerous human rights violations, among the most fundamental being the violation of the right to life, the violation of physical integrity, the violation of the right to freedom and safety, and the right to property. Many people in this region live in very perilous conditions since they are caught in the grip of armed groups.

2017-09-21 Monusco Provides English and Computer Skills to FARDC
[Monusco] MONUSCO North Kivu Brigade Commander General HARI B PILLAI and Colonel BAZIL KANUMA of the Operation Sokola 2, have inaugurated, on the 20 September 2017, the first 8 Weeks English and Computer program organized by North Kivu brigade for 10 FARDC Officials of Operation Sokola 2 in HIBI in the outskirts of Goma.

2017-09-20 UN Condemns Killing of Tanzanian Soldier in DRC
[Daily News] THE, has condemned the killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper, serving with the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

2017-09-20 No Information Yet On TPDF Soldier Slain in the DRC - Govt
[Citizen] The government of Tanzania is yet to receive official communication on reports of the killing of its soldier serving with the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Monusco).

2017-09-20 Zaire Reports 48 DRC Border Offenses
[ANGOP] Mbanza Kongo -At least 48 offenses were reported at the border zone between the Angolan province of Zaire and the Central Congo region (DRC), minus six violations compared to last week.

2017-09-20 Editor Languishes in Prison Without Trial
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -MEDIA groups are demanding the release of a Congolese editor jailed since January for publishing a statement by a former rebel leader. Security services arrested Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba in the capital Brazzaville. Public Prosecutor, André Oko Ngakala, charged the editor of "complicity in undermining state security" in connection with the privately-owned Talassa newspaper's publication of a statement by an ex-rebel leader, Frédéric Bintsamou, also known as Pastor Ntumi. N

2017-09-19 CAR Refugee Influx Triggers HIV, Humanitarian Crises
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -MORE than 140 000 civilians have fled Central African Republic to the equally-troubled Democratic Republic of Congo, triggering a severe humanitarian and health emergency. The refugees have fled deadly clashes between the pro-Muslim Seleka rebels and pro Christian anti-Balaka to settle in the North Ubangi and Bas-Uélé Provinces in the neighbouring country that is suffering its militancy problems of its own. There is a great deal of concern about the massive displacement of populations and the

2017-09-19 Voter Listing Offers Hope for Peace in DR Congo
[East African] After more than a year of bloodshed, faint hopes of peace are starting to stir in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

2017-09-18 Feminist Icons Join Bid to Upend Congo's Rape Capital Reputation
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -More than 400,000 women are raped in Congo every year

2017-09-20 Following Deadly Clashes, Monusco Provides Support to Burundian Refugees in Kamanyola
[Monusco] The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has been providing life-saving support to Burundian refugees following deadly clashes that occurred last Friday in Kamanyola (South Kivu province) in which 38 refugees (24 men, 13 women, and one child) and one Congolese military officer were killed with more than one hundred injured.

2017-09-18 Dozens of Burundian Refugees Killed
[CAJ News] The United Nations has demanded investigations into the killing of at least 30 Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers by security forces in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

2017-09-17 Congolese Troops Shoot Dozens of Burundian Refugees in DRC
[Deutsche Welle] Thousands of Burundi refugees have fled their country to the DRC in order to escape violence. Yet across the border, clashes with Congolese security forces have left some refugees dead.

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